WHEN you reflect on the best players that represented Tyrone during their three All-Ireland triumphs in 2003, ’05 and ‘08, it makes for interesting bar-room debate of who would be good enough out of the current crop to grace those great teams of the ‘Noughties’.
HAVE you heard the one about the South African, the Barbadian, the New Zealander, and the Irishman? With an Aussie coach… Or the old one about how an England team winning the World Cup in a less popular sport is going to turn millions of kids away from soccer? (Turn back to my 2003 columns collection for another version of that rib-tickler).
IN the aftermath of Castlebar where only four measly minutes of stoppage-time were applied, where Mayo players were dropping like flies in the second half clutching their heads, and the ‘unfortunate’ breakages in play that it inspired, you would have thought there were more pressing issues on the mind of the GAA President John Horan than banning passes to goalkeepers.
The GAA Central Council’s proposals for a tiered football championship are unlikely to get anyone’s blood pumping. Shunting the teams from Divisions Three and Four away from the All-Ireland qualifiers, unless they reach their provincial final, is plain wrong.
WHEN I read Andy McEntee threatened to take the head off a reporter’s shoulders for asking a fairly legitimate question on club player availability following Meath’s Leinster final humiliation at the hands of Dublin last Sunday, the first person I thought of was Malachy O’Rourke.